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September 7, 2018 - September 14, 2018

Centering Prayer 12 Step Eight Day Retreat

In 2001, The 12 Step Outreach program of Contemplative Outreach was established to offer Centering Prayer to people in all 12 Step fellowships as an 11th Step prayer/meditation practice.

This retreat is to help individuals engage in Centering Prayer as the 11th Step in this 8 day (7 night) retreat. The practice of Centering Prayer, and the spiritual, historical and psychological basis of it, are described and elaborated in several of Thomas Keating’s works, including Open Mind, Open Heart and Invitation to Love. The practice of Centering Prayer has parallels with other traditional practices, and is simple and easy to do. For those who live by the 12 Steps found in AA, Al-Anon, SCA, OA, DA, NA, GA, and other programs, a Centering Prayer practice can be a key support system in the process of recovery and transformation. Centering Prayer can help deepen our application of the 12 Steps generally, and the 11th Step specifically, through daily immersion in prayer and meditation. We believe that, when applied as a daily supplement to the 12 Steps, Centering Prayer open us to the deepest dimension of spirituality. For more information, please see our website:

Scholarship Assistance is available for those with financial need. Please contact St. Mary's Sewanee and let us know of your need. 


Joelle Mitchell has been an active member of the 12-Step recovery community for over 35 years and has been practicing Centering Prayer as an 11th step practice since 2002.  She is a commissioned presenter and has been leading workshops and retreats for the past 12 years. She is the current chairperson of the 12-Step Outreach leadership team. She lives in St. Louis, MO.








Carolyn Goddard is a Commissioned Presenter of the practice of Centering Prayer by Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., a member of the Steering Committee of Contemplative Outreach of Middle TN, and has practiced Centering Prayer since 1986. She has participated in Al-Anon since 1986 and is a former member of the Board of Directors at Cumberland Heights, Nashville. For 12 years, she served as associate pastor at Christ the King Catholic Church, Nashville and currently volunteers with Thistle Farms and Room in the Inn. Carolyn has degrees from Vanderbilt University and Loyola University, including a Masters in Religious Education. She is married and has two adult children.

When: Friday 05:00 pm - Friday 11:00 am
Fee: St. Mary's Hall: $795.00 (Single), The Anna House: $995.00 (Single)

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